John Edwin “Johnny” Rogers

William R. Rust Funeral Home New Haven Chapel.

167 N. Main Street

New Haven, Kentucky 40051

John Edwin “Johnny”  Rogers, 67, of New Haven, Kentucky passed away May 15, 2021 at Norton’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky.  

John Edwin Rogers was born June 10, 1953 in Biloxi, Mississippi to the late John Ray “Jackie” and Dorothy Ann Culver Rogers, sister-in-law Karen Skaggs Rogers. Johnny was a loving husband, dad and papaw. He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church. He retired from Gates Rubber Company.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded by his paternal grandparents Joseph and Edith Ray Rogers, maternal grandparents Adrian and Marie Smith Culver, brothers Joseph Shirley “Joe” Rogers and Ronnie David Rogers and a nephew Michael Paul Rogers.

Johnny is survived by his wife, Marian Rose Bickett Rogers of New Haven, son Jeremy Edwin (Michelle Thompson) Rogers of Bardstown, daughter Jessica Ann Elizabeth Rogers of New Haven, six grandchildren, Savanna, Lisa Joe, Owen, Cooper, Cole and Reese, brothers Gary (Shirley) Rogers and Mickey (Renee) Rogers of New Haven, Les (Joanie) Rogers of Ice Town, sisters Jackie Ann (Tank) Mattingly of Ball Town and  Cathy (Jay) Crawford of Lawrenceburg, sister-in-laws Gail Wimsett Rogers, Tina Rogers of Bardstown and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services for John Edwin Rogers will be held Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 11 A.M. at St. Catherine Catholic Church, New Haven with Father Scott Wimsett and Father Matthew Hardesty officiating with burial to follow in St. Catherine Catholic Church Cemetery in New Haven.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 19, 2021, from 2 – 8 PM in the chapel of William R. Rust New Haven with prayer services at 4PM with Father Matthew Hardesty and will continue after 8:30 AM at the funeral home until time of service at the church.

It is recommended that all visitors wear a mask or face covering.

William R. Rust Funeral Home New Haven Chapel, 167 N. Main St. New Haven Kentucky is in charge of arrangements.

Web page: williamrrustfuneralhome.com

Bettye Jean Lafollette Ritchie

William R. Rust Funeral Home New Haven Chapel.

167 N. Main Street

New Haven, Kentucky 40051

Bettye Jean Lafollette Ritchie, 86, of New Haven, Kentucky passed away May 8, 2021 at Landmark Nursing Home of Bardstown, Kentucky.

Bettye Jean Lafollette Ritchie was born March 21, 1935 in Larue County to the late Dan and Blanche Hazelwood Lafollette.

Bettye was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister she loved her home and family, she joined the Catholic Church and was a member of St. Catherine Alexandria Catholic Church in New Haven.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry A. Ritchie and a daughter, Margaret Ann Ritchie Estill, four brothers, Marvin, Howard, Ed Hornback, and Dee Lafollette, two sisters, Leona Nicolas, and Geneva Brewer.

Bettye is survived by a daughter, Lois (Billy Joe) Lathery, of Hopkinsville, a son-in-law, George (Tracie) Estill of Virginia, two grandchildren, Rebekah A. Lathery, Elizabeth Ritchie Lathery, one sister, Skippy Vittitow of New Haven, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services for Bettye Jean Lafollette Ritchie will be held at 12:00 p.m. Thursday May13, 2021  in the Chapel of William R. Rust Funeral New Haven, Kentucky with Father Scott Wimsett officiating, and will be laid to rest beside her husband at Rolling Fork Baptist Church Cemetery in Boston, Kentucky.

Visitation will be held Wednesday May 12, 2021 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Chapel of William R. Rust Funeral in New Haven and will continue after 9 a.m. Thursday until time of service.

It is recommended that all visitors wear a mask or face covering.

William R. Rust Funeral Home New Haven Chapel, 167 N. Main St. New Haven Kentucky is in charge of arrangements.

Web page: williamrrustfuneralhome.com

Alice Joyce Lee

William R. Rust Funeral Home Hodgenville Chapel

612 North Lincoln Blvd.

Hodgenville, Kentucky

270-358-3552 / Fax 270-358-3253

Alice Joyce Cruse Lee, 79, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Baptist Health Hardin.   She was a retired postal worker and farmer. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. “Billy” Lee, a daughter Theresa Gail Lee; her parents, Henry Jud and Ora Smith Cruse brothers Harold Cruse, Dave Cruse, Mitchell Cruse, Russell Cruse; and sisters Edna Heady and Louise Wright.

Survivors include two sons, Scotty (Robin) Lee and Timmy (Sherry) Lee; grandchildren Laura Ann (Jason) Clopton, Ashley (Brandon) Scott, Alex Short, Nicholas (Crystal) Short, Jud (Abby) Lee and Ellie Lee; great grandchildren Jacob DeSpain, Tyson Clopton, Caroline Scott, Waylon Scott, Elizabeth Short, and Ester Short.

Funeral services for Joyce Lee will be held Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11 A.M. in the Chapel of William R. Rust Funeral Home Hodgenville with Bro. Marty Lee and Bro. Nicholas Short officiating.  Burial is in Red Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Monday, May 10, 2021 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home and continues on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. until time of service.

Due to the covid 19 mask or face covering.

William R. Rust Funeral Home Hodgenville Chapel 612 N. Lincoln Blvd Hodgenville Kentucky 42748 is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Haig Levonian

Robert Haig Levonian, departed this life on Thursday, April 22, 2021, just two days shy of his 94th birthday. He was born in Athens, Greece to a distinguished Armenian family April 24, 1927, to Professor Lootfy Levonian and Victoria Sarkissian Levonian. His twin sister, Helen, died in 1932 and is buried in The First Cemetery in Athens. His older brother, Dr. Rendel Levonian, died at age 93, in 2017 in Orange California.

Robert and his brother attended a Quaker boarding school near Banbury, England until World War II broke out and the family left for the United States. During the confusion of the departure, Robert was separated from the family and eventually wound up in Paris for the duration of the war and was recruited for the French Underground as a teenager and then was a short lived member of the French Foreign Legion. After the war, having had no high school experience, he studied for months and passed the French Baccalaureat and was admitted to the School of Engineering in Birmingham, England. He came to the United States in 1948 on a tennis scholarship to continue his engineering studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. In 1949 he interrupted his studies to work for Bechtel Corporation which was building the Trans Arabian Pipeline from Saudi Arabia on the Persian Gulf to Sidon, Lebanon.  In 1953 he came to Southern California to finish his engineering degree and began working for Forest Lawn Company which eventually led him to opening his company, LCB & Associates, specializing in designing and building cemeteries throughout the United States.

In 1969 on a flight from Burbank to San Jose there was one seat left on the plane and he found himself sitting next to Suzanne Johnson from New Haven, Ky.  This 45 minute flight resulted in finding his life partner of 52 years. Robert & Suzanne traveled the world for business and pleasure. Their travels took them to Italy to search for marble and granite for the cemetery projects and then to countries all over Europe. At age 88 Suzanne made him retire and convinced him to move to her home state. He always quipped that he spoke five languages but he never mastered Kentuckian.

Robert was known as an extraordinarily generous person, and entertaining storyteller, a dispenser of wisdom, and above all as having a kind heart. He considered becoming an American citizen his highest accomplishment.

Robert is survived by his wife Suzanne, of Bardstown, his brothers, widow, Hilde Levonian, of Orange California. Also by many nieces, nephews, to whom he was a mentor and cheerleader, as well as a host of friends around the United States and the world.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11 AM at the Pavilion at St. Catherine Church Cemetery, in New Haven, Ky. with Rev. Wayne Jenkins presiding.

Donation may be made in his memory to St. Jude Memorial Giving, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN. 38105 or online at StJude.org or to the Humane Society of your choice.

It is recommended that all visitors wear a mask or face covering.

William R. Rust Funeral Home New Haven Chapel, 167 N. Main St. New Haven Kentucky is in charge of arrangements. Web page: williamrrustfuneralhome.com

Sarah Darlene Lyons

Sarah Darlene Lyons passed away Monday April 19, 2021 at a friends home in Lyons station New Haven, Kentucky.

Sarah was born July 29, 1990 in Chattanooga Tennessee to the late William Terry Durham and her mother Linda Lee Durham.

Sarah was survived by her husband, Frank Edward Lyons, a son, Easton Aaron Ray Lyons, a daughter, Hayden Sue Lyons, her mother, Linda Lee Durham, two sisters, Terry, and Chasity, her special friend, Thomas Dunn, and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

In keeping with their wishes cremation was chosen, at this time there will be no services.

William R. Rust Funeral Home Hodgenville Chapel is in charge of arrangements.